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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 80644
Last updated: 2 December 2021
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Date:10-NOV-2010
Time:11:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic P68 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Partenavia P.68 Observer
Owner/operator:Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Registration: N44956
MSN: 318-13/OB
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Dona Ana County, New Mexico -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Unknown
Departure airport:El Paso, TX (ELP)
Destination airport:El Paso, TX (ELP)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
While performing a low-level law enforcement patrol flight, the pilot crossed a ridge and observed a parked vehicle. To investigate further, he lowered the flaps and descended to approximately 200 feet, into a canyon. The pilot made a second pass over the vehicle and initiated a right turn, during which the airplane encountered a tailwind that resulted in a rapid loss of airspeed and a descent. The pilot leveled the airplane and increased the power; however, the airplane was too slow and low to turn out of the canyon. As a result, the airplane stalled and impacted terrain. The pilot stated there were no preflight mechanical malfunctions or anomalies with the airplane
Probable Cause: The pilot's decision to conduct a low-level flight in mountainous terrain in an area where downdrafts were prevalent, resulting in the inadvertent loss of control and the collision with the terrain.

Sources:

NTSB

Accident investigation:
cover
  
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 6 months
Download report: Final report
Location


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
11-Nov-2010 10:12 slowkid Added
12-Nov-2010 09:27 slowkid Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Source]
21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
26-Nov-2017 18:37 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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